“I, Nephi, having been born of goodly parents, . . . therefore I make a record of my proceedings in my days.”
1 Nephi 1:1
"Wherefore, the things which are pleasing unto the world I do not write, but the things which are pleasing unto God and unto those who are not of the world. Wherefore, I shall give commandment unto my seed, that they shall not occupy these plates with things which are not of worth unto the children of men."
1 Nephi 6:5–6
“These plates are called the plates of Jacob, and they were made by the hand of Nephi.”
“Upon the other plates [the Large Plates] should be engraven an account of the reign of the kings, and the wars and contentions of my people; wherefore these plates [the Small Plates] are for the more part of the ministry; and the other plates are for the more part of the reign of the kings and the wars and contentions of my people.”
1 Nephi 9:4